Lee, I really appreciate your thoughtfulness. James, my great grandfather, was a merchant marine and a farmer. He was an excellent carpenter and mechanic also. I also know that, Ruth, the real mother of James, was a daughter of Solomon G. Osburn (Osborn) and Phebe who were born in OHIO, and moved with about 9 children to Boone Co., INDIANA. They show up in the 1850 & 1860 Boone Co., IN Census, then disappear.
I just received a possible lead on that family, "maybe lived in Vermilion Co., IL." I have got to get a Census of that County in IL now. I have a photo of Solomon with his name on it and a death date; age; but no place. I have other unidentified family photos also. This has been a mystery all of my life and my father has cancer and I would love to find this for him, before he passes on to the other side. If I come up with anything else, I'll surely let you know.
As for your wife being adopted and sealed records, if she has any kind of medical condition, she can get a trace on her biological parents through the Social Security administration. (Not to wish anything bad to come to her, but thought you might not know this.) Thank you for being there!!